Underpowered with performance and undelivered with software, Nintendo Wii U just cannot become popular. According to recent figures from market analysts, the Wii U remains an underdog on the U.S. market with monthly sales barely crossing the 50 thousand per month milestone. Microsoft Xbox 360 remains the top-selling game system among those available today.
Based on the data from NPD Group, a market tracking company, and Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities, sales of Nintendo Wii U console in April got lower compared to March and February. According to Mr. Pachter, Nintendo sold through 55 thousand of Wii U units in April. Keeping in mind that Microsoft sold only 130 thousand of Xbox 360 – which was the highest amount among all consoles sold in April – actual sales of Wii U could be even lower and Mr. Pachter could seem overoptimistic.
Nintendo Wii U’s market performance suffers because of several factors: its low performance, incoming consoles from major rivals, relatively high price amid lack of games, including those that actually take advantage of Nintendo Wii U’s controller with built-in screen.
As of March 31, the Wii U has sold 3.45 million units since its launch, below Nintendo's initial forecast of 5.5 million, and even January's adjustment to 4 million, reports Joystiq web-site.